My 1958 Blond Ponytail Barbie
I am a only child and my mom was divorced when I was 3. My dad lived in another state so he rarely saw me. In 1958, when I was 5, he came to Cal. to visit me--my grandmother wanted him to take me to May Co. to buy clothes. When we got there he said I could have anything I wanted. ALL I wanted was a Barbie doll. (My grandmother said I wasn't allowed to have her because of her breasts, this didn't stop dad!)So I picked her out of the glass display case, and I was allowed 1 outfit (at that time). I took very good care of my Barbie, cuz I knew she would NEVER be replaced if she was ruined(my grandmother lived with my mom and I-she didn't like this gift from dad) It was a event when I got clothes (single mom, etc.)so I took VERY good care of everything I got. In 1961 Ken was quite a "score" especially because he had a "Bulge"! He flipped the Austin (behind my bike) and lost a small patch of hair, poor guy.I played with Barbie until I was 13! My friend next door, Becky, and I spent hours and hours with our "girls". She has Bubbble cut, Fashion, Midge, and Skipper. There were no Barbie houses then so we would construct areas where her barbies lived, my barbies lived, and their vacation and work destinations. Boy did they like to travel! When Barbie and Ken married we planned and made decorations for weeks! (I got both wedding outfits, Grandma was glad they were making it legal!)I had the austin healy, the suzy goose chiffarobe and canopy bed which my grandmother sold. BUT I still have everything else. In 1965 I was gifted TNT Francie, blond with flip and bend legs (I never played with her much-she looks like she came right out of the box!) When I put everyone away in 1966 I had 2trunks of clothes. Everything is intact and packaged. I can't believe everything is almost perfect! I'm thinking of selling her now, but it is very hard. Not only is she in near perfect cond., but SHE was my best friend for years, always there for me! She is still there! I love my Barbie and Ken.
(Note from Suzanne - Thanks for sharing! My advice is not to sell your stuff - I sold some of mine when I rediscovered them (it was what lead to my vintage Barbie hobby) and I have always regretted it - they are the things that truly cannot be replaced!) I had that canopy bed too - my uncle gave it to me for Christmas - I always loved it & I ended up with a white canopy bed just like it!)